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Hydroponics and aquaponics are already being used by the agriculture industry – is it time urban farmers got on board?
Bowen’s market gardens supply some 13% of Australia’s perishable vegetables.
Sydney, Melbourne and many other areas can expect to pay more for veg from next month, after widespread crop losses in Bowen, a major source of winter vegetables such as tomatoes, beans and capsicum.
Hydroponic vertical farming system.
Urban consumers in Africa are rapidly growing and they are demanding high quality, pesticide free food.
Building social networks is one of the greatest benefits of urban agriculture.
Urban farming increases access to healthy foods. And building social networks is one of the greatest benefits of urban agriculture in poor areas.
Australian government ‘Grow your own’ campaign billboard, 1943.
Can suburban gardening and poultry-keeping meaningfully contribute to resilient and sustainable food systems? We look to the past to find out.
Urban farms might be trendy, but they won't replace rural agriculture anytime soon.
Food security efforts need to look beyond urban agriculture.
It's important to question whether the promotion of urban agriculture can actually help people, or whether other solutions should be explored.
‘Chook farms ruin lives!’. Australians consume a lot of cheap chicken, but not all of them appreciate an intensive chicken factory as a neighbour.
As consumption has soared and prices have fallen, the realities of industrial chicken farming often clash with the values of people who live on the urban fringes where broiler farms are sited.
Artichokes growing in Werribee South, an area that uses recycled water for irrigation.
Australians eat a lot of water. Nearly 500 L is required to produce the food each of us eats every day.
Sydney’s farms on the urban fringe produce 10% of the city’s fresh vegetables.
Farms on Sydney's fringes supply 20% of the city's food. That could drop by more than half if urban sprawl isn't kept in check.
New season asparagus from farmland on Melbourne’s city fringe.
Melbourne's farms currently supply over 40% of the city's food. But a growing population and urban sprawl mean by 2050 they'll supply half as much.
Cuba has a unique and highly productive agricultural system in the cities and on the fringes of suburbia.
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Farms in the cities and suburbs produce half of Cuba's vegetables. But warming relations with the US could put this unique, productive system at risk.
Food to table, Chicago style.
Urban and regional planners need to play a bigger role in bringing healthy food to cities and towns. One research project aims to change that.
They all taste the same once they’re mashed.
The battle to reduce food waste and increase access to nutritious food just got a whole lot cheaper and uglier in Australia. In early December, Woolworths launched its “odd bunch” campaign, becoming the…
LED growing lights, delivering sunlight whatever the weather.
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Keeping cool at the Chelsea Flower Show.
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Forbidden forest to replace the Forbidden City?
Smog has become an unfortunate feature of Chinese city skylines. Air pollution has gotten so bad in recent years that citizens have rallied and the government has declared a war upon it. One weapon in…
The arguments for urban densification and urban sprawl both have merit and neither is absolutely right.
It’s a debate that’s been raging for decades and dominates academic and popular urban planning discourse: urban sprawl versus urban densification. Is it better to increase density or to expand at the edges…
Australians are more likely to feel happy, safe and healthy if they maintain the green areas and nature spots in their cities…